Top 9 Dining and Restaurant Options in the Upper West Side

With a virtually limitless supply of dining and nightlife options, grabbing a bite to eat can be a tough decision when living on the Upper West Side. To make things easier, we’ve assembled this list of the Top 9 restaurants and bars in the region. Read on to learn about must-visit options for coffee, steak, beer, and more!

Best Café

In the city that never sleeps, a good cup of coffee is an absolute necessity. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters has been serving responsibly-sourced, locally roasted brew to New York City since 1996, and their expertise can be tasted in the bold flavors of each blend. Irving’s has four locations in NYC, with one just off of Broadway and 79th.

Best Deli

For an authentic Jewish Deli experience, there’s no beating Barney Greengrass. A New York City institution for nearly a century, this deli is the go-to spot for sandwiches and smoked meat platters. Barney Greengrass is located on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 86th Street.

Best Vietnamese

Vietnamese cuisine has taken off in recent years, and Saiguette has taken full advantage of the trend. The cozy corner restaurant offers dine in and takeout options of Vietnamese classics like Pho and Rice Vermicelli. Saiguette can be found on Columbus Avenue at 106th Street.

Best Steakhouse

With so many amazing options, choosing the best steakhouse in the Upper West Side is more than difficult. Porter House New York made our list because of its incredible Central Park views, its relatively affordable prices, and its prime cuts of beef. Porter House is located on the 4th Floor of 10 Columbus Circle.

Best Indian

Good Indian food isn’t entirely hard to find in the UWS, but the diverse array of tandoori-fired meats and perfectly balanced seasonings at Alachi Masala beg for recognition. It also doesn’t hurt that this restaurant features a Bring-Your-Own-Alcohol policy. Alachi Masala is located on Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street.

Best Chinese

If you’re in the mood for greasy Chinese takeout, then Canteen 82 isn’t for you. Specializing in upscale Chinese and Asian cuisine, Canteen 82 lives up to its “Taste of Shanghai” tagline. Weather permitting, this Columbus Avenue restaurant also has outdoor seating in the warmer seasons.

Best Sushi

When you’re craving Asian flavors but want something on the lighter side, check out Momoya NYC. This Upper West Side sushi restaurant has an assortment of offerings that are hard to find at other places around town. Diners can find Momoya at 427 Amsterdam Avenue.

Best Cocktails

The cocktail lounge is making a comeback in a big way, and few places demonstrate this fact better than 67 Orange Street. A small, dimly lit bar that hints at a prohibition era theme, this cocktail lounge features completely original drinks that can’t be recreated anywhere else. Technically in Harlem, 67 Orange Street is just a few blocks outside of the UWS.

Best Craftbeer

Few things are more refreshing than a cold craft beer on a Friday night after work. Fortunately, there are plenty of craft beer bars in the Upper West Side to help you unwind and catch up with friends. George Keeley is a particular favorite in the area, with its seemingly endless supply of rotating drafts, and a “Beer Club” where guests earn membership perks after trying 100 different brews.

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